Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Crowd funding for farming

Nicholas Carter is a documentary filmmaker working with Morgan Schmidt-Feng and Filmsight Productions. In the past 20 years, Morgan has made numerous documentaries, the most recent of which won the 2011 regional Emmy for Best Documentary.

There latest feature film is called Gleason Ranch: Risking Everything and it tells the story of two sisters in Bodega, California struggling to keep their 150 year-old, 5th-generation family ranch alive after the sudden death of their parents. They have been documenting this story for over 4 years and are now working on securing funding for post-production via the crowd funding Indiegogo platform: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gleason-ranch-risking-everything/

They’ve already received outreach support from organizations like the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network and the Farmer Veteran Coalition, as well as numerous small local businesses in the San Francisco Bay Area. Just recently, author Michael Pollan said, “This doc goes beyond the romance of farming… [it’s] a hard look at the struggles.” 

They just launched on Sunday, so they have 32 days left to reach their $35,000 goal. Gradually they are gaining support.

If you'd like to support this venture or find out more about it please click here.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Training Alpacas at Hum Sweet Hum

Cindy Myers at www.humsweethum.com blogs about her alpaca farm located in Oregon.  What was new to me was how she clicker trains her alpacas.  Why anyone would want to train alpacas is beyond me but it makes for fascinating reading.

Cindy started her own alpaca farm a little over 3 years ago although she has been breeding alpacas for over 7 years (she boarded until she bought her own farm).  This is Cindy's first attempt at farming so lots of adventures to blog about.

Cindy has a book coming out soon.